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How to Identify Sea Birds of Puget Sound with Joe Sweeney, Seattle Audubon Field Trip Leader and Graduate of the 2015 Master Birder Program. Joe has spent hundreds of hours on the Edmonds Pier, scanning the waters of Puget Sound for usual suspects and rarities.
Lecture: Thursday March 22, 7:00-9:00p.m.
Field Trip: Saturday March 24 or Saturday March 31 (sign up for one at the lecture), to the Edmonds Pier or other suitable viewing spot along Puget Sound.
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 6 in the Blue Building
Cost: $40 members, $55 non-members
Appropriate for BEGINNER and INTERMEDIATE birders.
Identifying the birds that inhabit Puget Sound can be challenging. To the untrained eye, those small, fast-moving birds that fly low over the water tend to all look the same. Is it an auklet, a murre, a murrelet, or some other speedy species?
In this class, you will discover how to separate a Rhinoceros Auklet from a Pigeon Guillemot, a Double-crested Cormorant from a Brandt’s Cormorant, a Horned Grebe from a Red-necked Grebe, and a Common Loon from a Pacific Loon. We will also discuss diving ducks, including mergansers, scoters and goldeneye. We may also address gulls, but not to the extent that our heads start throbbing from over-analysis of that very difficult group of birds.
We will examine photos of the species mentioned above (and more), discuss their flight characteristics, field marks and behavioral differences that can help us unravel the identification mysteries of the birds of the Sound.
No prior experience with sea birds is necessary. All that is required is a desire to learn and a sense of adventure. A sense of humor wouldn’t hurt, either.
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